Chosen (House of Night #3) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

30 Jun

Chosen (House of Night, #3)

Chosen (House of Night #3)

Rating: 5/5
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn.  Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies.  And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.  So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before.  Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity.  Speaking of rare: Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster.  Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith, and Zoey’s horrid step-father in particular, are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres.  But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely reflects the truth…

It’s not an easy path that Nyx has chosen for Zoey Redbird. Since she was Marked as a vampire by a hunter, she’s had to kiss her old life good bye. What is becoming even more evident to her is Nyx’s parting advice: “..darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good”. This sets the scene for the Cast’s next foray into the House of Night series. In this third book, “Chosen”, Zoey has to grapple with more personal drama-and girls, there is a biggie in this book, the calamity of her having three boyfriends! Zoey has to juggle her burgeoning Imprint with Heath, her romance with Erik and yet, she still is mysteriously drawn to hottie Professor Loren Blake-a full-fledged vampyre (who is doing some serious swoopin’). How it all ends…welllll… is the climax of the book. Things are definitely heating up for Zoey in more ways than one. The Casts don’t leave us hanging entirely-the drama continues from “Betrayed” as Zoey wrangles further with Neferet-the conclusion that she is not as she appears to be-Neferet has been controlling the remnants-blood-craving ghouls who are no longer human or vampyre. These are the students that mysteriously “died” during transformation and are being led by Zoey’s former roommate; Stevie Ray and Zoey will do anything to save Stevie Ray-including hiding and lying about her existence from Shaunee, Erin, Damien and Erik. But saving Stevie Ray means going against Neferet, who is hell bent on preventing exposure. 

Things get further complicated as two professors are murdered on school grounds (possibly by the People of Faith), and the House of Night calls in the big guns: The Sons of Erebus (super-hot warrior vampyres). More surprises ensue-Zoey confronts the parental units, Damien has a love interest (finally!),the crew comes into their own magickal elements and even Aphrodite doesn’t seem to be the beeyotch everyone thinks she is…. 

The Cast’s talons craft a symbolic tale steeped in mysticism, arcane vampire religion, and a riveting cast of characters that is believable enough to stand solidly on its own-two feet. 

By comparison, it might not have the verve of de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods, but this cast of characters are compelling enough in their own right. The series is absolutely riveting and once you cross the threshold into the House of Night, you’ll find it very hard to put down. 

-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime



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3 responses to “Chosen (House of Night #3) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

  1. Annie

    June 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve never read Blue Bloods – I shall have to give that series a go if it has more ‘verve’ that HoN (I didn’t think that was possible! Lol). Thanks!

  2. bookwormpaparazzigirl

    June 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I thought this was the best book in the entire series, which is ironic because I stopped reading it after Destined the came out, which is the ninth book. Don’t get me wrong, it started as a fantastic book series, but the books shortly became less about the story and more about making a profit from a phenomenon. The writing stopped being well-structured about Zoey Redbird’s live and almost became too unrealistic for me to believe that this was how Zoey’s world had ended up being like in the end. The Casts are great, but I want their usual writing to come back. They were so good and it saddens me that the writing fell through midway through Zoey’s story.


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